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Beauty Smackdown: SPF Defense


Summer is upon us and although we should wear sunscreen all year round, the warmer weather usually means more time spent in the sun, which makes wearing sunscreen even more important—particularly on your face. Facial skin is very delicate and is exposed to the damaging effects of the sun more so than the rest of your body. In fact, the face, neck, and hands are the most vulnerable areas, and where you will first begin to see the signs of sun damage and ageing. For this reason, facial sunscreens are especially formulated to protect the delicate skin from the signs of sun-induced ageing while providing SPF protection.

Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream

THE PRODUCT: Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream
Packed with Clinique’s Solar Smart complex, this face cream triggers an anti-aging repair process as it protects skin from UVA and UVB rays.

THE RESULT: Whether you’re planning a day at the beach or simply living life in the sun, the Clinique face cream provides high level protection against ageing and burning from both UVA and UVB rays. It is oil free, which is ideal for those prone to breakouts and comes in a handy tube that squeezes out white but rubs in well. This means it doesn’t look white on the skin which is an issue I have with so many other facial sunscreens. It also doesn’t feel heavy, sticky, or greasy on the face; in fact, it feels more like a moisturizer than a typical sunscreen and can be worn alone or with makeup.


Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face

THE PRODUCT: Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream+ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ For Face
A complex shield from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays, Shiseido’s sun cream works to hydrate your skin as it protects.

THE RESULT: I’m not going to lie, the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Cream is thick, it smells like sunscreen, and it turns even the darkest of skin noticeably white. However, give it a couple minutes and it dries down to a nice satin finish which works wonders under makeup. In fact, I was amazed to find that it was the perfect base for spreading my foundation—moist and blendable. The formula itself offers intensive hydration and smoothness while being water and perspiration resistant, which is a must for summer.


THE VERDICT: This time I’ve got to hand it to Clinique; its Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Face Cream is a multi-tasking winner. Dermatologist tested, oil free, and suitable for all skin types, I love that the high SPF level works to protect against the aging and burning effects of the sun while the solar-activated antioxidants help prevent visible damage. The non-greasy formula means you can wear it under makeup, including mineral products, and the smallest amount goes a long way. There’s no typical sunscreen scent and it’s water and sweat resistant making it the perfect facial sunscreen for all year round use.

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